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FOMC Rate Decision Talking Points “Unchanged!”
November 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 11.01.17  FOMC Rate Decision Talking Points “Unchanged!”

 Investment Grade US Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week and October

FOMC Rate Decision Talking Points: Unchanged (as Expected)

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

Rates Trading Lab

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 25th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Economic Data Releases

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

As you all know, Mischler Financial Group, Inc. is our great nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer and as such our veteran give-back initiatives are prolific and lay at the core of our shared ethos here at Team Mischler.  I would appreciate it if you could all take a moment to read about our 2017 Veteran’s Day Month Pledge from my CEO Dean Chamberlain just before my evening sign-off below.  It is with great appreciation that Mischler Financial is able to “give-back” the fruits of our labor throughout the year and it is all thanks to you the issuers and accounts who elect to do business with us to address the need for best-in-class capital market services and your own internal diversity/veteran procurement initiatives. It means everything to each of us here at Mischler and the non-profit organizations we support.  Thank you all very much! –RQ 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today the IG dollar DCM hosted 3 issuers across 5 tranches totaling $2.50b.  The SSA space was inactive today.

Here’s how the session’s IG Corporate new issue volume impacted the WTD and MTD syndicate estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 83.16% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $21.323b vs. $25.64b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 2.59% of the syndicate forecast for October IG Corporate new issuance or $2.50b vs. $96.38b.
  • There are now 7 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points 

  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 3 IG Corporate-only new issues that displayed price evolution was <27.33> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +101 vs. +100.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index saw  the “AA” tied its post Crisis low of +58 for the third session in a row while the “A” class held its post Crisis low of +78 for the sixth consecutive session.
  • The Transportation industry sector set a new post Crisis low of +104.
  • 2 of the 19 major IG sectors tied their post Crisis lows as follows: Banking (+84)  and Energy (+132).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 0.95 vs. 0.94.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +142 vs. +143.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $21.1b on Tuesday versus $16.3b on Monday and $23.4b the previous Tuesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $18.7b.

Global Market Recap 

  • Treasury November Refunding: More supply in the front end coming in 2018 (February).
  • FOMC Statement – Upgraded growth (solid from moderate) & no change on inflation.
  • U.S. Treasuries – Closed mixed with the curve flattening the story.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s unchanged to better. Bunds little changed & Gilts weaker.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at 1.38483% the highest since January 2009.
  • Stocks – Mixed heading into the close. Gave up big morning gains (reached ATH’s).
  • Overseas Stocks – Nikkei 21 year high. EM 6 year high. Europe 2 year high.
  • Economic – More positive economic data.
  • Overseas Economic – China unchanged, Japan mixed & U.K. data solid.
  • Currencies – USD better bid vs. Euro, PND & Yen but weaker vs. CAD & AUD.
  • Commodities – Crude oil traded at high since January before rolling over. Metals bid.
  • CDX IG: +0.45 to 52.60
  • CDX HY: +0.24 to 310.32
  • CDX EM: +0.55 to 174.91

*CDX levels are as of 3:30PM ET today.

-Tony Farren

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week and October

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/30-11/03
vs. Current
WTD – $21.323b
November 2017 vs. Current
MTD – $2.50b
Low-End Avg. $24.74b 86.19% $95.28b 2.62%
Midpoint Avg. $25.64b 83.16% $96.38b 2.59%
High-End Avg. $27.65b 77.12% $97.48b 2.56%
The Low $15b 142.15% $75b 3.33%
The High $35b 60.92% $130b 1.92%

 

fomc-rate-decisionFOMC Rate Decision Talking Points: Unchanged (as Expected) 

Once again rates were left unchanged by the Fed, however there is more color on the $4.5 trillion balance sheet (b/s) unwind. Here’s all you need to know:

Policy:

  • The Fed left rates unchanged in the 1%-1.25% range, voting unanimously to so.
  • The Board left the discount rate unchanged at 1.75%.
  • Expects the economy to evolve in a way warranting gradual rate hikes.

Economy:

  • Economic activity is rising at solid rate despite recent storms.
  • Fed says storms are unlikely to alter the economy’s medium-term course.
  • Repeats risks are roughly balanced, while watching inflation closely.

Employment:

  • The labor market continued to strengthen while unemployment declined.
  • Repeats that market-based inflation compensation gauges are still low.

Inflation:

  • Inflation for items other than food and energy remained soft.
  • Repeats that it sees inflation stabilizing at around 2% in the medium-term

 

The U.S. Federal Open Market Committee November 1st Statement in its Entirety 

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a solid rate despite hurricane-related disruptions. Although the hurricanes caused a drop in payroll employment in September, the unemployment rate declined further. Household spending has been expanding at a moderate rate, and growth in business fixed investment has picked up in recent quarters. Gasoline prices rose in the aftermath of the hurricanes, boosting overall inflation in September; however, inflation for items other than food and energy remained soft. On a 12-month basis, both inflation measures have declined this year and are running below 2 percent. Market-based measures of inflation compensation remain low; survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed, on balance.

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. Hurricane-related disruptions and rebuilding will continue to affect economic activity, employment, and inflation in the near term, but past experience suggests that the storms are unlikely to materially alter the course of the national economy over the medium term. Consequently, the Committee continues to expect that, with gradual adjustments in the stance of monetary policy, economic activity will expand at a moderate pace, and labor market conditions will strengthen somewhat further. Inflation on a 12-month basis is expected to remain somewhat below 2 percent in the near term but to stabilize around the Committee’s 2 percent objective over the medium term. Near-term risks to the economic outlook appear roughly balanced, but the Committee is monitoring inflation developments closely.

In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 1 to 1-1/4 percent. The stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting some further strengthening in labor market conditions and a sustained return to 2 percent inflation.

In determining the timing and size of future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate, the Committee will assess realized and expected economic conditions relative to its objectives of maximum employment and 2 percent inflation. This assessment will take into account a wide range of information, including measures of labor market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial and international developments. The Committee will carefully monitor actual and expected inflation developments relative to its symmetric inflation goal. The Committee expects that economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant gradual increases in the federal funds rate; the federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below levels that are expected to prevail in the longer run. However, the actual path of the federal funds rate will depend on the economic outlook as informed by incoming data.

The balance sheet normalization program initiated in October 2017 is proceeding.

Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Janet L. Yellen, Chair; William C. Dudley, Vice Chairman; Lael Brainard; Charles L. Evans; Patrick Harker; Robert S. Kaplan; Neel Kashkari; Jerome H. Powell; and Randal K. Quarles.

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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Mischler Financial Group 2017 Annual Veterans Day Pledge
November 2017      Company News, Giving Back   

Mischler Financial Group 2017 Annual Veterans Day Pledge Awarded to 

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

mischler-veterans-day-children-fallen-patriots-foundationNewport Beach, CA & Stamford, CT –November 1, 2017 —Each year, Mischler Financial Group, Inc., the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by service-disabled veterans pledges a percentage of the firm’s profits to veteran and service-disabled veteran philanthropies as part of its annual Veterans Day charitable initiative. This year, Mischler is proud to announce that Children of Fallen Patriots (CFPF) will be the recipient of the proceeds. Established in 2002, CFPF supports Gold Star families with college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Since its inception, CFPF has provided the runway to educational success for young men and women throughout the United States.

Dean Chamberlain, Chief Executive Officer of Mischler Financial Group stated, “Since we opened our doors nearly 25 years ago, our mission has been binary. Our business ethos is to not only serve the marketplace needs of Issuers, state and local governments and institutional investment managers with the highest degree of market proficiency and integrity, but to also share the rewards of our efforts by supporting men and women injured while defending our freedoms and the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.” Added Chamberlain, “Thanks to the opportunities presented by our clients, we take great pride in paying forward by supporting carefully selected philanthropies throughout the year. When paying tribute to Veterans Day in particular, we believe CFPF exemplifies Gold Star recognition.”

 

children-fallen-patriots-foundation-mischler-veteransAbout Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Nearly 20,000 dependents have been left behind by troops killed in the line of duty over the last 35 years. Many surviving families struggle to make ends meet with 63% of surviving spouses making less than $50,000 per year. CFPF scholarships and financial assistance, funded by loyal donors and corporate sponsors, have assisted nearly 1000 bright and motivated students throughout their undergraduate studies. The vision of CFPF is to ensure that every child of a fallen patriot receives all necessary college funding. The organization’s website is www.fallenpatriots.org

 

About Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

Mischler Financial Group, Inc. is a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (SDVOSB). We provide capital markets services across primary debt and equity markets, secondary market agency-only execution within the global equities and fixed income markets, and asset management for liquid and alternative investment strategies. Clients of the firm include leading institutional investment managers, Fortune corporate treasurers and municipal officials, public plan sponsors, endowments, and foundations. The firm’s website is located at http://www.mischlerfinancial.com.

 

 

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Investment Grade Corporate Bond-New Issue Re-Cap
October 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 10.17.17 – Debt Market Commentary; Investment Grade Corporate Bond-New Issue Re-Cap

Investment Grade US Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week and October

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 11th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today the IG dollar DCM hosted 3 issuers across 5 tranches totaling $3.65b.  The SSA space featured 3 issuers and 3 tranches for $4.50b bringing the all-in IG day totals to 6 issuers, 8 tranches and $8.15b.

Here’s how this week’s IG Corporate volume numbers measure up against the WTD and MTD syndicate estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 22.38% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $5.65b vs. $25.25b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 57.60% of the syndicate forecast for October IG Corporate new issuance or $52.804b vs. $91.68b.
  • There are now 8 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • Hospitality Properties Trust increased its 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $400mm from $300mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Pacific Life Insurance Co. upsized its 50nc30 fixed-to-floating subordinated surplus notes new issue today to $750mm from $500mm at the launch.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 5 IG Corporate-only new issues was <18.00> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1bp to +103 vs. +104 tying its post-Crisis low set on 10/06.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 0.98.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 2bps to +146 vs. +148.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $14.3b on Thursday versus $13.8b on Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.9b.

Global Market Recap 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Closed mixed & flatter. Yields & curve at levels not seen in many years.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s unchanged to down. Gilts rallied 4-6 bps despite higher CPI.
  • Stocks – Unchanged (NASDAQ) to higher. S&P’s and Dow traded at all-time highs.
  • Overseas Stocks – Nikkei 21 year high. China closed mixed. Europe had a down day.
  • Economic – Import prices index higher. IP, Cap U & MP nothing special but NAHB was strong.
  • Overseas Economic – U.K. CPI YoY reached 3.0% – the highest since 2012.
  • Currencies – The USD outperformed 4 of the Big 5 & the 5th was unchanged (¥en).
  • Commodities – Energy small gains. Gold, copper & silver traded poorly.
  • CDX IG: -0.09 to 54.15
  • CDX HY: -1.70 316.16
  • CDX EM: -1.30 to 176.21

*CDX levels are as of 3:30PM ET today.

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
North Korea
10/16 – EU imposes total ban on oil & petroleum to NOKO. 10/6 – Russian news announces NOKO is preparing to test fire a missile capable of reaching the U.S. Coast. Recall Trump’s “calm before the storm” comment.  NOKO rumored to reach out to GOP to help “figure out Trump.” On 9/24 Trump warns NOKO leadership that if rhetorical threats continue its leaders “won’t be around much longer.” NOKO claims comment is an “Act of War” and that it now has the right to shoot down U.S. bombers “even outside of NOKO air space.” Beijing calls situation “grave.” On 9/19 Trump spoke before UN referring to Kim as “Rocket Man on a suicide mission.” Says if Kim continues to threaten the U.S., allies and the world “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
ELEVATED
“The EU”
Germany’s Angela Merkel re-elected to her 4th term but nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party & other right wing parties gain to force a 6-party coalition government.  Worst performance for Merkel’s CDU and Christian Social Union party since 1949.  Immigration a source of tension. Right wing has a seat in German decision-making.

EU and Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. re: BREXIT “divorce” bill. Companies prepping for messy BREXIT & 2 years of weak growth. EU wants UK to pay exit bill before any negotiations. UK withdrawal from EU takes place in 3/2019. Moody’s downgraded the UK on 9/22 to Aa2 from Aa1.

CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
31 year old conservative Sebastian Kurz becomes the world’s youngest leader winning Austria’s Presidential election. He is expected to form a coalition with the resurgent far right anti-immigration party or Freedom Party. (See the “QC” dated 11-18-2015 and 11-30-2016).

10/16 – Catalonian Pres. Puigdemont defended right to claim to independence. Spain’s Pres. Rajoy can use Article 155 to suspend the Catalan gov’t. and take over in days. If not, Puigdemont’s diverse coalition may fall apart. Results of Catalonia’s Oct. 1st independence referendum vote posted 90% support for secession from Spain. National riot police cracked down at the voting booths injuring ~900 voters in the EU nation’s worst crisis in 40+ years since turning to democracy.

Steve Bannon’s war on the GOP’s “imperialist” political class targets Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell among others to unite Republicans behind Trump to get things done in Washington.

GOP tax overhaul plan would double deduction and create 3 tax brackets vs. 7. Bringing Corporate rate to 20% might return trillions of dollars to the U.S. that corps are keeping overseas.  Consensus GOP support to pass legislation still in doubt. Partisan politics.

Central banks shrinking balance sheets/higher volatility; low rates persist; slow inflation pick-up. On 9/26 Yellen admitted Fed inflation model may have been “mispecified” & “misguided.”

October MTD Terror Stats: Despite destroying the Caliphate, ISIS is now scattered across a wider MENA region and Europe. October MTD thru 10/16 – there were 43 terrorist attacks. Killing 541 people and wounding 638.

Cybercrime, ransomware, viruses & hacking are winning cyber wars. Recent attacks have hit four continents, law firms, food companies, power grids, pharma and governments.

Venezuela – civil unrest continues against Maduro dictatorship. U.S. Tsy freezes Maduro family assets. Risk of VZ default.  4th largest exporter of oil to U.S. behind Canada (#1), Saudi Arabia (#2) & Mexico (#3). Economy sliding into abyss. Regional immigration issue w/many fleeing elsewhere.

MODERATE
“China”
China hard landing: rising corporate debt & slower GDP growth are OECD and IMF concerns. National Congress of the Chinese Communists Party held on Oct. 18th. Most decisions are made prior to it but it’s historically pivotal regarding leadership changes & reshuffling as elders retire.

Venezuela – Maduro dictatorship firmly in control. U.S. Tsy freezes Maduro family assets. Risk of VZ default. Isolated by int’l community. 4th largest exporter of oil to U.S. behind Canada (#1), Saudi Arabia (#2) & Mexico (#3). Economy sliding into abyss. Regional immigration issue w/many continuing to flee abroad. Increased domestic crime.

MARGINAL
“More about monetary policy than recession”
Fed signals 1 more rate hike in 2017; 3 in 2018. Dot plots unchanged for 2017 & ’18; lower for ’19 & longer-term. Hurricane’s Harvey, Irma and Maria appearing in economic data; “could” push hike to 2018. $4.5 trln b/s unwind begins at Oct. 31st mtg & absence of inflation are concerns. Bullish corp. cdt. forecast for 20yr maturities and out; widening front end spreads ahead; optimism re: tax reform could mean return to US of $1trln currently offshore.  Issuers not so worried about rates. . Shifts/adjustments in monetary policy are more of a concern than chance of a 2018 recession.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week and October

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/16-10/20
vs. Current
WTD – $5.65b
October 2017 vs. Current
MTD – $52.804b
Low-End Avg. $24.21b 23.34% $90.96b 58.05%
Midpoint Avg. $25.25b 22.38% $91.68b 57.60%
High-End Avg. $26.29b 21.49% $92.42b 57.13%
The Low $15b 37.67% $110b 48.00%
The High $36b 15.69% $75b 70.41%

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

Here’s a review of this week’s five key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates only through Monday’s session followed by the averages over the prior six weeks:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/09
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/02
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/25
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/18
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/11
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/05
New Issue Concessions 0.00 bps <0.38> bps 1.18 bps 1.38 bps 0.62 bps 1.40 bps 2.12 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.05x 3.03x 3.50x 3.31x 3.18x 3.27x 2.70x
Tenors 20.00 yrs 9.77 yrs 12.00 yrs 8.50 yrs 8.21 yrs 9.84 yrs 11.10 yrs
Tranche Sizes $1,000mm $906mm $608mm $645mm $483mm $674mm $731mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<15.00> bps <19.81> bps <18.40> bps <20.19> yrs <18.40> bps <18.91> bps <16.80> yrs

 

New Issues Priced

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Investment Grade Corporate Debt Issuers of the Day-Mischler Comment
September 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 09.25.17  – IG Issuers of the Day: AEP, BX, HPP, NSANY

Investment Grade US Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week and September

SNEAK PREVIEW : “Thank You For Your Service”

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending September 20th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG dollar DCM hosted 7 issuers across 13 tranches totaling $6.75b.  The SSA space was quiet with two deals slated for tomorrow’s business.

Equity markets were in the red today due to mounting tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, concern over historic gains by nationalist parties in German elections forcing Angela Merkel to form a coalition government, and increasing jitters over whether the FED hikes rates one more time in 2017 or not.

Here’s how this week’s IG Corporate volume numbers measure up against the WTD and MTD syndicate estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 35.14% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $6.75b vs. $19.21b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 105.02% of the syndicate forecast for September or $118.096b vs. $112.45b.
  • There are now 7 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Hudson Pacific Properties LP upsized today’s 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $400mm from $300mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 12 IG Corporate-only new issues was <18.29> bps. Including today’s IG-rated Federal Realty $25 par preferred, the average compression of today’s 13 new issues was <17.85> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +111. +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.06.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +154.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $13.5b on Friday versus $17.5b on Thursday and $12.7b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.3b.

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
North Korea
On 9/24 Trump warns NOKO leadership that if rhetoric threats continue its leaders “won’t be around much longer.” NOKO responds saying it has the right to shoot down U.S. bombers “even outside of NOKO air space.” Beijing termed calls situation “grave.” On 9/19 Trump spoke before UN referring to Kim as “Rocket Man on a suicide mission.” Says if Kim continues to threaten the U.S., allies and the world “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” On 9/14 North Korea launched another ballistic missile over Northern Japan in the face of UN Security Council sanctions. Trump warned U.S. military options are “effective and overwhelming”. Missile traveled 2,300 miles landing in the Pacific. Guam is 2,131 from NOKO! On 9/03 NOKO detonated a 100 kiloton hydrogen bomb 5-times more powerful than that dropped on Nagasaki causing a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Head of IAEA  said hydrogen bomb test is “new dimension of global threat” to the world. On Tuesday, 8/29 NOKO launched an ICBM over Japan that landed in the Pacific Ocean. On Monday, 9/04 U.S. Amb. to the UN, Nikki Haley said “the time has come to exhaust all diplomatic means to end this crisis.” Called for strongest sanctions vs. NOKO. Friday 8/11 Trump said “U.S. military solutions are in place, locked and loaded” matching his earlier “fire and fury” statement. On Th. 8/10 NOKO announced its plan to “pre-emptively strike Guam in mid-August.” Trump’s reaction, “Maybe my “fire and fury” threats weren’t strong enough!” N. Korea launched an ICBM on 7/28. NOKO’s Hwasong-14 missile can reach any location in U.S.
ELEVATED Germany’s Angela Merkel re-elected to her 4th term but nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party & other right wing parties gain to force a 6-party coalition government.  Worst performance for Merkel’s CDU and Christian Social Union party since 1949.  Immigration a source of tension. Right wing has a seat in German decision-making.

On July 28th Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted for his role in a corruption scandal. He selected his brother Shahbaz to take over. The Brookings Institute calls Pakistan “the world’s most dangerous country.” Democracy in nuclear-armed country with 205m population at risk.

EU and Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. for all it can re: BREXIT “divorce” bill. Companies prepping for hard BREXIT & 2 years of weak growth. PM May wants rolling series of meetings with EU.  UK withdrawal from EU takes place in March, 2019.

CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
GOP to release tax overhaul plan week of Sept. 25th & Senate will vote on new Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill to repeal Obama Care. Consensus GOP support to pass legislation still in doubt. Partisan politics. Trump recently bypassed GOP to close a deal w/Dems to extend debt limit to December.

Mueller’s continuing FBI probe into Trump.

GCC Crisis continues as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others cut diplomatic ties with Qatar; Land, air and sea blockade. Demands include closing its Al Jazeera network & a Turkish military base, severing ties w/Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda & ISIS.

September MTD Terror Stats: Despite destroying the Caliphate, ISIS is now scattered across a wider MENA region and Europe. September MTD there were 87 terrorist attacks. killing 347 people and wounding 581.

Cybercrime, ransomware, viruses & hacking are winning cyber wars. Recent attacks have hit four continents, law firms, food companies, power grids, pharma and governments.

Central banks shrinking balance sheets/higher volatility; low rates persist; slow inflation pick-up.

Venezuela – civil unrest continues against Maduro dictatorship. U.S. Tsy freezes Maduro family assets. Risk of VZ default.  4th largest exporter of oil to U.S. behind Canada (#1), Saudi Arabia (#2) & Mexico (#3).

MODERATE China hard landing: rising corporate debt & slower GDP growth are OECD and IMF concerns.
MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
Fed signals 1 more rate hike in 2017; 3 in 2018. Dot plots unch for 2017 & ’18; lower for ’19 & longer-term. Hurricane’s Harvey, Irma and Maria not yet reflected in economic data; “could” push hike to 2018. $4.5 trillion b/s unwind begins in October & absence of inflation are concerns.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week and September

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
9/25-9/29
vs. Current
WTD – $6.75b
September 2017 vs. Current
WTD – $118.096b
Low-End Avg. $18.17b 37.15% N/A N/A
Midpoint Avg. $19.21b 35.14% $112.45b 105.02%
High-End Avg. $20.25b 33.33% N/A N/A
The Low $10b 67.50% $100b 118.096%
The High $30b 22.50% $125b 94.48%

Sneak Preview of “Thank You For Your Service”

 

Friday, October 9th is Veteran’s Day here in the U.S., and in recognition of this important day, I thought it fitting to share a sneak preview of an upcoming film that is getting a lot of buzz in the industry.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE profiles a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who aer struggling to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. The film stars Miles Teller and Haley Bennett.  The film is the directorial debut of Jason Hall, a graduate of my alma mater, the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts or “SCA” and is based on the non-fiction book by David Finkel and adapted for the screen by Finkel and Hall.  The Universal Pictures production opens in theatres on Wednesday, October 27th.  As an SCA Alum, I am doing my part to get the word out from my corner desk here at our nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer. Considering this past weekend’s controversies surrounding the NFL, rights, freedoms and respect of our flag, country, service men and women and first responders, I thought that perhaps we should all make it a point to see “Thank You For Your Service” at our local theatres when it’s released.  The ensemble cast tackles myriad veteran-focused situations, disorders and struggles pertinent to today’s public discourses.  The film overlays nicely with the Service Disabled Veteran mandate that we are all dedicated to here each and every day at Mischler Financial.

Here’s the preview:

 

Have a great evening and FIGHT ON!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

…..and here’s another look at last week’s day-by-day re-cap of key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates only followed by the prior six week’s averages:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
9/18
TUES.
9/19
WED.
9/20
TH.
9/21
FRI.
10/22
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/18
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/11
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/05
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/28
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/21
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/14
New Issue Concessions 1.50 bps <0.39> bps 0.50 bps 0.75 bps N/A 0.62 bps 1.40 bps 2.12 bps 1.00 bp 0.72 bps 4.37 bps
Oversubscription Rates 3.10x 3.25x 2.39x 3.58x N/A 3.18x 3.27x 2.70x 2.95x 3.03x 3.25x
Tenors 8.14 yrs 11.79 yrs 3.30 yrs 15.08 yrs N/A 8.21 yrs 9.84 yrs 11.10 yrs 5.17 yrs 9.86 yrs 10.26 yrs
Tranche Sizes $414mm $531mm $281mm $625mm N/A $483mm $674mm $731mm $575mm $352mm $1,023mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<17.25> yrs <21.39> bps <14.75> bps <17.83> bps N/A <18.40> bps <18.91> bps <16.80> yrs <15.00> bps <19.67> bps <17.79> bps

 

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State of CA GO Bond Leads Muni Deals Scheduled For Week; Harvey Upends Texas
August 2017      Muni Market, Recent Deals   

Mischler Muni Market Market Update for the week of 08-28-17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a focused lens on muni bond new issuance scheduled for the upcoming week. Of greatest importance, the entire team at Mischler Financial Group extends heartfelt prayers and thoughts to the tens of thousands of Texans who are impacted by Hurricane Harvey. As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook offers public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of the prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings tentatively scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $4.4 billion. This week volume is expected to be $6.9 billion. The negotiated market is led by $2.5 billion general obligation bonds for the State of California. The competitive market has only two bond issues more that $100 million, and is led by $480.9 million for Prince George’s County, Maryland in 2 bids on Tuesday. 

Below and attached is neither a recommendation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Mischler Financial Group is not a Municipal Advisor. For additional information, please contact Managing Director Richard Tilghman at 203.276.6656

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mischler muni market outlook week aug 28

Minority broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group Inc., the oldest diversity firm owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans is widely-known for our presence across the primary Primary Debt Capital Markets (DCM) space. Since 2014 alone, Mischler Financial has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $600 Billion (notional value) in new debt underwriting and issuance of preferred shares by Fortune corporations, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans. Mischler is also a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE).  Mischler Muni Market updates are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

This document may be not reproduced in any manner without the permission of Mischler Financial Group. Although the statements of fact have been obtained from and are based upon sources Mischler Financial Group believes reliable, we do not guarantee their accuracy, and any such information may be incomplete.  All opinions and estimates included in this report are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.   Veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, its affiliates and their respective officers, directors, partners and employees, including persons involved in the preparation of this report, may from time to time maintain a long or short position in, or purchase or sell a position in, hold or act as market-makers or advisors or brokers in relation to the securities (or related securities, financial products, options, warrants, rights, or derivatives), of companies mentioned in this report or be represented on the board of such companies. Neither Mischler Financial Group nor any officer or employee of Mischler Financial Group or any affiliate thereof accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential damages or losses arising from any use of this report or its contents.

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Aloha GO Bonds-Hawaiian Style-Muni Deals Scheduled This Week
August 2017      Muni Market, Recent Deals   

Mischler Muni Market Market Update for the week of 08-14-17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a focused lens on muni bond new issuance scheduled for the upcoming week, with a “Aloha” to GO Bonds-Hawaiian Style, as City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii is scheduled to issue $411 mil in tax exempt and taxable general obligation bonds. As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook offers public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of the prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings tentatively scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $5.6 billion. This week volume is expected to be $6.7 billion. The negotiated market is led by $411.0 million tax exempt and taxable general obligation bonds (GO Bonds) for the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii. The competitive market is led by $1.3 billion general obligation bonds for the State of Maryland on Wednesday.

Below and attached is neither a recommendation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Mischler Financial Group is not a Municipal Advisor. For additional information, please contact Managing Director Richard Tilghman at 203.276.6656

For reading ease, please click on image below aloha-GO-Bonds-Hawaiin Style-Muni Deals This Week

Since 2014 alone, minority broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group Inc.’s  presence across the primary Primary Debt Capital Markets (DCM) space has included underwriting roles in which Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $600 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans. Mischler is also a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE).  Mischler Muni Market updates are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

This document may be not reproduced in any manner without the permission of Mischler Financial Group. Although the statements of fact have been obtained from and are based upon sources Mischler Financial Group believes reliable, we do not guarantee their accuracy, and any such information may be incomplete.  All opinions and estimates included in this report are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.   Veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, its affiliates and their respective officers, directors, partners and employees, including persons involved in the preparation of this report, may from time to time maintain a long or short position in, or purchase or sell a position in, hold or act as market-makers or advisors or brokers in relation to the securities (or related securities, financial products, options, warrants, rights, or derivatives), of companies mentioned in this report or be represented on the board of such companies. Neither Mischler Financial Group nor any officer or employee of Mischler Financial Group or any affiliate thereof accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential damages or losses arising from any use of this report or its contents.

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BAML Leads $11.8b Day for Investment Grade Issuance-Mischler DCM Comment
July 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 07.18.17  -Today’s Investment Grade Issuance: BAML Takes Top Spot in Day’s $11.8b Investment Grade New Issue Activity

Below is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC”  Tuesday July 18, 2017  edition distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.
Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”the QC is one of three distinctive market comment pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group.The QC is a daily synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary as seen from the perch of our fixed income trading and debt capital markets desk and includes a comprehensive “deep dive” with optics on the day’s investment grade corporate debt new issuance and secondary market data encompassing among other items, comparables, investment grade credit spreads, new issue activity, secondary market most active issues, and upcoming pipeline. To receive Quigley’s Corner, please email: rkarr@mischlerfinancial.com or via phone 203.276.6646

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending July 12th              

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

Today’s IG Corporate dollar DCM finished with 4 issuers pricing 9 tranches between them totaling $11.80b.  The SSA space added 1 well-telegraphed issue in the form of the Kingdom of Sweden’s $2.75b 2-year thereby bringing the all-in IG day totals to 5 issuers, 10 tranches and $62.89b.  CDX IG reached another new tight today closing at 57.349 contracting  <0.128>.

Bank of America posted Q2 earnings early this morning beating on EPS ($0.46 vs. $0.43) and revenues ($22.829b vs. $21.781b) and fixed income trading ($2.254b vs. $2.22b) although net interest income was off ($11b vs. $11.34b).  Our nation’s second largest bank as measured by AUM, wasted no time in capitalizing on the overall positive earnings by announcing a mega $7.00b 4-part.  As I wrote here in last Thursday’s “QC” in reviewing Bank of America’s Q3 Outlook call as told by Kevin Barthelmes of BAC Syndicate, “2-, 3- and 5-year FRN issuance is up 40% to 45% YTD with lots of that volume originating from Asia. Notably, we are also expecting more callable structures, for example, 2NC1 and 3NC2 issuance.” Lo and behold mid-morning today BAC announced a 4nc3 FRN, a 4nc3 fixed-to-FRN, a 6nc5 and 11nc10.  So, there really is good stuff here in the “QC” folks.

Here’s how this week’s IG Corporate volume numbers measure up against the WTD and MTD syndicate estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 105.68% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $30.35b vs. $28.72b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 74.51% of the syndicate forecast for July or $62.89b vs. $84.40b.
  • There are now 8 IG Corporate, Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline. 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • DBS Group Holdings Ltd., dropped the 5yr fixed rate tranche from today’s earlier announced two-part 5yr FXD/FRN securing sufficient 5yr funding in the FRN tranche.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 9 IG Corporate-only new issues, excluding HIS, was <16.44> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +110 vs. +111.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • The average spreads across 5 of the 19 major industry sectors tied post-Crisis lows today with a sixth setting a new low. That’s 31.5% of the sectors.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.05.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +153 vs. +154.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $14.8b on Monday versus $11.2b on Friday and $14.0b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $14.1b. 

Global Market Recap 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Rally led by the 10yr on low inflation & political chaos in the U.S.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s improved except the 2yr. Back-to-back rallies in Europe.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield since March 2009 (1.30694%).
  • Stocks – Mixed heading into the close.
  • Overseas Stocks – China & HK higher. Japan lower. Poor session in Europe.
  • Economic – Import price index MoM was negative for the 3rd time in 4 months.
  • Overseas Economic – China good & Japan bad. EU ZEW’s down. U.K. CPI lower.
  • Currencies – A BAD & I mean B-A-D day for the USD. FX’s markets were on the move.
  • Commodities – took advantage of the weaker USD.
  • CDX IG: -0.10 to 57.38
  • CDX HY: +0.68 to 323.09
  • CDX EM: -0.13 to 195.13

*CDX levels are as of 3:30PM ET today.

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
Asian Political Tensions
·          N. Korea launches ICBM on July 4th. Continues development, improving accuracy & distance in defiance of G-20 protests; Lack of Chinese mediation; Recent Otto Warmbier death; U.S. sanctions certain Chinese banks and individuals to influence PROC pressure on NOKO.
ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout
·          U.K. PM May is on the hot seat. Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. for all it can.
CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
Escalating war in Syria
·          Trump financial, healthcare, tax and infrastructure reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation questioned

·          U.S. Senate sanctions Iran for missile testing and supporting terrorism; also expands sanctions against Russia in 98-2 vote. Russia in expansion mode.

·          GCC Crisis as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others accuse Qatar of backing terrorism; Land, air and sea blockade. Demands include closing its Al Jazeera network & a Turkish military base,severing ties w/Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda & ISIS.

·          Italian debt-to-GDP ratio is 133% – world’s 3rd highest.

·          Despite destroying the Caliphate, ISIS will be scattered across a wider MENA region and Europe.

·          Cybercrime, ransomware, viruses & hacking are winning cyber wars. The latest attack hit four continents, law firms, food companies, power grids, pharma & gov’ts (Ukraine & Russia).

·          Central banks shrinking balance sheets/higher volatility in 2H17.

MODERATE ·          China hard landing – rising corporate debt have the OECD and IMF concerned.

·          Venezuela – low oil prices/Maduro resistance impacting ability to repay debt; civil unrest.

MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
·          Increased chance of 2018 U.S. recession in light of recent very hawkish Fed-speak; “Maybe” one more rate hike in 2017; lack of inflation and $4.5 trillion balance sheet unwind are concerns.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
7/17-7/21
vs. Current
WTD – $30.35b
July 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $62.89b
Low-End Avg. $27.78b 109.25% $83.87b 74.99%
Midpoint Avg. $28.72b 105.68% $84.40b 74.51%
High-End Avg. $29.66b 102.33% $84.92b 74.06%
The Low $20b 151.75% $70b 89.84%
The High $36b 84.30% $111b 56.66%

 

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

Below please find my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.

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BAML Q3 Debt Market Issuance View-Expectation Management 101
July 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 07.13.17– Day’s IG DCM Activity + Dialed In to BAML Q3  Debt Market Issuance Outlook 


Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

The BAML Q3 Outlook Call- A View Courtesy of Mother Merrill Top Guns

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

This Week’s IG New Issues and Where They’re Trading

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending July 5th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

Today’s IG Corporate dollar primary market featured only one domestic issuer – Marathon Oil – among two other Yankee issuers.  3 issuers priced 4 tranches between them totaling $2.30b.  The SSA space contributed 1 deal, the well-telegraphed $5.00b 4-part for JBIC that boosted the session’s all-in IG Corporate and SSA day total to 4 issuers, 8 tranches and $7.30b.

Here’s how this week’s IG Corporate volume numbers measure up against the WTD and MTD syndicate estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 146.79% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $26.79b vs. $18.25b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 38.55% of the syndicate forecast for June or $32.54b vs. $84.40b.
  • There are now 5 IG Corporate, Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline.

So, tomorrow we finally kick off six-pack U.S. bank earnings with Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo reporting.  Next Tuesday is BAML and Goldman Sachs followed by Morgan Stanley on Wednesday.  Hopefully these market leaders break open the issuance drought in short order and subsequently lead the way for all the issuance universe who they bank up to the traditional mid-August thru Labor Day slow-down.

The BAML Q3 Outlook Call
*Please note that this sub section is discerned from my own note taking. I own any/all discrepancies or inaccuracies vs. the call although I represent there should be none.  Thanks! -RQ

Today was also BAML’s always meaningful Quarterly Outlook Call. Here’s a brief run-down:


High Yield Issuance

High Yield issuance is up 20% YoY but all related to Q1 volume. Looking at Q2 business, issuance is down $10b YoY.  From a sector perspective HY saw big pick-ups in the Industrial, Healthcare and Energy sectors.  There was a notable fall-off in the TMT sector. The remaining sectors have been fairly consistent YTD.  Two-thirds of high yield issuance has been motivated by re-financings. M&A volumes continue to represent about 20% of HY issuance volume. Pick-ups were seen in triple-“CCC” rated issuance to $17b from $4b.  Euro issuance represented about €32b and a hefty £10b. Euro and Sterling issuance continues to illustrate overall growth for HY issuance.

BAML holds strong convictions for re-financing trades as issuers can lock in highly favorable long-term rates in here and looking forward. $50b is committed to M&A financings for the remainder of the year predominantly focused on longer tenors with $10b of that in new HY issuance.

……and now for the High Grade Issuance Outlook

BAML Syndicate’s Kevin Barthelmes did a great job pinch hitting for Dan Mead today in reviewing YTD new issuance as well as the 2H 2017 Outlook.

Here is all the stuff you WANT and NEED to know:

YTD IG ex-SSA supply volume for the first half of 2017 is up 1.8% YoY.  (The “QC” IG Corporate-only count is $754b YTD). BAML had called for a 5-7% decline in IG issuance for 2017 at the end of last year.  The YTD split is as follows: $430b (Corporates) down <3.5%> YoY and $300b (Financials) up 10% versus 2016.  Issuance pressure was seen mostly from the M&A space that was markedly down year-over-year.  YTD M&A driven issuance is expected to be $140b-145b or 10% of IG overall supply. In 2016 we saw $290b which represented 20% of issuance in 2016.

In terms of the back half of 2017, the themes are similar to Q2 2017. Expectations are for corporate supply to be down on the year given the decline in M&A. This July, we expect issuance to be down about 12% versus last year. We also experienced a robust August and September in 2016 which is not expected this year. Keep in mind that Q1 2017 was a record breaking quarter in terms of new issuance. Additionally, Q4 2016 saw companies motivated to price deals ahead of last November’s Presidential election that boosted volumes. BAML does not expect a repeat of July through September again this year.

FRNS and Callable Structures En Vogue

2-, 3- and 5-year FRN issuance is up 40% to 45% YTD with lots of that volume originating from Asia. Notably, we are also expecting more callable structures, for example, 2NC1 and 3NC2 issuance. Expect to see a continuance of that in the second half of the year. It does not feel as though issuers are getting worried about rates at all. Dialogue outside of M&A has been primarily on liability management issuance of which we’ve had roughly $40b YTD.  Expect another $40b in LM issuance in the second half as well which would represent a 10-15% increase versus 2016.

So, to recap, here are the issuance outlook themes for the second half of 2017:

  • Lack of supply
  • Continued FRN demand and callable structures
  • Liability Management issuance
  • Strong Capital/Low Growth

Thank you to all those a who contributed on today’s BAML Outlook Call and in particular I’d like to send shout-outs to the always differentiating intel and commentaries from those who spoke from the sectors I cover here at Mischler – namely Hima Inguva (Banks) and Peter Quinn (Electric Utilities & Power). Listening is always the most informative form of communication.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • For the week ended July 5th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.299b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $71.493b) and a net outflow of $1.144b from High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $8.865b).
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 4 IG Corporate-only new issues, excluding HIS, was <25.625> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +112.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.06.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +155.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $18.7b on Wednesday versus $17.5b on Tuesday and $13.7b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $14.7b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Draghi, Yellen & supply hurt USTs today.
  • Overseas Bonds – 30yr JGB rallied 2.6 bps. EU lost ground with Peripherals leading the way.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks closed with gains.
  • Overseas Stocks –  Another rally for Hang Seng. Europe closed with gains.
  • Economic – PPI was tame. Yellen sounded more hawkish today vs. yesterday.
  • Overseas Economic – China data was very good. There is no inflation in Europe
  • Currencies: USD closed mixed vs the Big 5. DXY Index hit low since Sept
  • Commodities: Good day for cruder oil. Metal closed red & wheat was hammered
  • CDX IG: -1.08 to 58.83
  • CDX HY: -4.06 to 328.42
  • CDX EM: -1.21 to 196.92

*CDX levels are as of 3:30PM ET today.

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
Asian Political Tensions
· N. Korea launches ICBM on July 4th. Continues development, improving accuracy & distance in defiance of G-20 protests; Lack of Chinese mediation; Recent Otto Warmbier death; U.S. sanctions certain Chinese banks and individuals to influence PROC pressure on NOKO.
ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout
· U.K. PM May is on the hot seat. Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. for all it can. Italian domestic bank bail-out outside EU “rule of law” concern for EU stability.
CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
Escalating war in Syria
· Trump financial, healthcare, tax and infrastructure reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation questioned/Dems lose 4 consecutive special elections despite media bias.

· U.S. Senate sanctions Iran for missile testing and supporting terrorism; also expands sanctions against Russia in 98-2 vote. Russia in expansion mode.

· GCC Crisis as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others accuse Qatar of backing terrorism; Land, air and sea blockade.

· Italian debt-to-GDP ratio is 133% – world’s 3rd highest. €17bn gov’t. bail out of two Italian banks.

· Closing in on ISIS is very problematic as it is scattering across a wider MENA region and Europe.

· Cybercrime, ransomware, viruses & hacking are winning cyber wars. The latest attack hit four continents, law firms, food companies, power grids, pharma & gov’ts (Ukraine & Russia).

· Central banks shrinking balance sheets/higher volatility in 2H17.

MODERATE · Trump/Putin meet at G-20 Summit in Hamburg last week. Move toward mutual cease fire in Syria  to identify de-escalation zones; discussed hacking controversy and agreed to improved relations.

· China hard landing – rising corporate debt have the OECD and IMF concerned.

Venezuela – tumbling oil prices/Maduro resistance impacting ability to repay debt; civil unrest.

MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
Increased chance of 2018 U.S. recession in light of recent very hawkish Fed-speak; sights  on one more rate hike in 2017; concerns over lack of inflation and unwinding $4.5 trillion b/c.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
7/10-7/14
vs. Current
WTD – $26.79b
July 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $32.54b
Low-End Avg. $17.83b 150.25% $83.87b 38.80%
Midpoint Avg. $18.25b 146.79% $84.40b 38.55%
High-End Avg. $18.67b 143.49% $84.92b 38.32%
The Low $15b 178.60% $70b 46.49%
The High $28b 95.68% $111b 29.32%

 

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley

 

Below please find my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM. (more…)

Day’s IG Corporate Debt Issuance Leaderboard: Deutsche Bank
July 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 07.10.17 – Break in “Summer Slowdown”; IG Issuers Are Back, Deutsche Bank Grabs Day’s #1 Spot Corporate Debt Issuance  

Investment Grade Corporate Bond New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

This Week’s IG New Issues and Where They’re Trading

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending July 5th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Following today’s 9 IG Corporate issuers announcing 17 tranches between them totaling $11.99b some actually proffered, “What summer slowdown?”  Today was a welcome return of robust activity for our dollar IG DCM. With the six-pack U.S. banks set to begin releasing Q2 earnings this Friday with Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo up to bat first, it can’t come soon enough.  Next Tuesday, July 18th BAML and GS follow and MS announces on Wednesday, July 19th.  Mischler Financial is proud to announce that it served as a Co-Manager on today’s two-part $2.25b 3-year FXD/FRN for Deutsche Bank/NY Branch. So, without further ado, of all today’s IG issuance Deutsche Bank/New York branch is the Deal….of….the….Day!

We just completed four weeks that finished as the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th ranked slowest weeks of the year.  It’s been that slow for issuance, despite credit spreads grinding tighter and tighter.  The average Banking sector issue reached an average spread of T+98 which matches it’s post Crisis low; the Insurance sector also tied its PC low at +120 while both the Leisure and Services sectors set new PC tights at +112 and +109 respectively.  One year ago today the top four IG asset classes were an average +43.75 bps from their post Crisis lows. This morning they are a mere 7 bps from their PC tights or +36.75 bps tighter.  Looking across the major 19 IG sectors, a year ago today they were an average +55.84 bps from their PC tights while this morning they are now only 10.84 bps away or <45> bps tighter as a group.  Those are a pair of very dramatic statistics. There are currently 14 new issues in the credit pipeline split 12 to 2 insofar as Yankee vs. SSA.

Let’s now take a look at how this week’s IG Corporate volume numbers stack up against the WTD and MTD syndicate estimates:

 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 65.70% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $11.99b vs. $18.25b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 21.02% of the syndicate forecast for June or $17.74b vs. $84.40b.
  • There are now 14 IG Corporate, Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • IHS Markit Ltd. upsized today’s tap of its outstanding 4.75% 144a/REGS Senior Notes due 2/15/2025 to $300mm from $250mm at pricing. The total outstanding amount is now $800mm
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 16 IG Corporate-only new issues, excluding HIS, was <17.36> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +112 vs. +113.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.07.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +154 vs. +155.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $14.5b on Friday versus $17.5b on Thursday and $12.6b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $14.3b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Better bid led by the 7yr on a quiet day.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s down except the 30yr. European bonds finally had a good day.
  • Stocks – Better bid lead by the NASDAQ heading into the close.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia closed mixed. Europe closed with gains.
  • Economic – Not a factor today.
  • Overseas Economic – China inflation unchanged. Japan mixed. Europe non-event.
  • Currencies – The USD was little changed vs. the Big 5.
  • Commodities – Traded well during NY trading hours.
  • CDX IG: -0.03 to 61.61
  • CDX HY: -1.69 to 341.25
  • CDX EM: -4.25 to 201.53

*CDX levels are as of 3:30PM ET today.

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
Asian Political Tensions
·          N. Korea launches ICBM on July 4th. Continues development, improving accuracy & distance  in defiance of G-20 protests; Lack of Chinese mediation; Recent Otto Warmbier death; U.S.  sanctions certain Chinese banks and individuals to influence PROC pressure on NOKO.                      
ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout
·          U.K. PM May is on the hot seat. Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. for all it can. Italian  domestic bank bail-out outside EU “rule of law” concern for EU stability.
CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
Escalating war in Syria
·          Trump financial, healthcare, tax and infrastructure reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation questioned/Dems lose 4 consecutive special elections despite so-called “media bias.”

·          U.S. Senate sanctions Iran for missile testing and supporting terrorism; also expands sanctions against Russia in 98-2 vote. Russia in expansion mode.

·          GCC Crisis as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others accuse Qatar of backing terrorism/ Yemen, Mauritius, Maldives, Mauritania and Maldives join in severing diplomatic ties.

·          Italian debt-to-GDP ratio is 133% – world’s 3rd highest. €17bn gov’t. bail out of two Italian banks.

·          Closing in on ISIS is very problematic as it is scatterring across a wider MENA region and Europe.

·          Cybercrime, ransomware, viruses & hacking are winning cyber wars. The latest attack hit four continents, law firms, food companies, power grids, pharma & gov’ts (Ukraine & Russia).

·          Central banks shrinking balance sheets/higher volatility in 2H17.

MODERATE ·          Trump/Putin meet at G-20 Summit in Hamburg last week. Move toward mutual cease fire in Syria; to identify de-escalation zones; discussed hacking controversy and agreed to improved relations.

·          China hard landing – rising corporate debt have the OECD and IMF concerned.

·          Venezuela – tumbling oil prices/Maduro resistance impacting ability to repay debt; civil unrest.

MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
·          Increased chance of 2018 U.S. recession in light of recent very hawkish Fed-speak and sights on one more rate hike in 2017.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
7/10-7/14
vs. Current
WTD – $11.99b
July 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $17.74b
Low-End Avg. $17.83b 67.25% $83.87b 21.15%
Midpoint Avg. $18.25b 65.70% $84.40b 21.02%
High-End Avg. $18.67b 64.22% $84.92b 20.89%
The Low $15b 79.93% $70b 25.34%
The High $28b 42.82% $111b 15.98%

 

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Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 06.13.17 – Mischler Financial
June 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 06.13.17- Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

 

Investment Grade Debt New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Re-Cap

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

This Week’s IG New Issues and Where They’re Trading

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report / Fund Flows

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

Economic Data Releases

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Rates Trading Lab

 

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Sessions in Session; S&P & DOW Close at All-Time Highs; Nasdaq Within One Point!

The morning session was subdued with only 4 Corporate issuers tapping our IG dollar DCM pricing 4 tranches for a total of $2.40b.  The SSA space saw 3 issuers print 3 tranches for an additional $2.843b thereby bringing the all-in IG day totals to 7 issuers, 7 tranches and $5.243b.

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is now 51.99% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $11.35b vs. $21.83b.
  • MTD we’ve now priced more than 54.51% after just the first two days of June or $49.595b vs. $90.98b.
  • There are now 3 IG Corporate, Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The IADB upsized its 5-year Global FRNs new issue today to $600mm from a minimum $500mm at the launch.
  • Double “BB” rated HY asset class matched a new post credit low of +227.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 3 IG Corporate-only new issues, was <13.08> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +118 versus +119.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.13.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +160 versus +161.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $13.2b on Monday versus $11.1b on Friday and $12.8b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.4b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – closed mixed, little changed & with a flatter curve.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s mixed. Gilts hit hard. Bunds down. Peripherals better bid.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield (1.24556%) since March 2009.
  • Stocks – Solid gains for U.S. stocks led by the NASDAQ as of 3:30pm.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia & Europe rallied except the Nikkei & FTSE (small losses).
  • Economic – PPI YoY 0.1% lower than last while core CPI YoY increased 0.2%.
  • Overseas Economic – Japan data weaker. U.K. CPI higher. EU & Germany ZEWs solid.
  • Currencies – USD mixed vs. the Big 5 & the DXY Index lost ground.
  • Commodities – The CRB hit its lowest level since April 2016. Crude oil improved.
  • CDX IG: -1.0 to 58.99
  • CDX HY: -1.86 to 321.27
  • CDX EM: -3.37 to 191.25

*CDX levels are as of 3:30PM ET today.

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
Asian Political Tensions
·           N. Korea continues missile tests with improving accuracy in defiance of protests in G-Zero world.
ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout
·           U.K. PM May is on the hot seat but softer BREXIT talks are expected as a result.
CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
Fed Balance Sheet
·           FOMC Rate Decision 2pm Wed. 6./14;  This week BOE, SNB & BOJ all expected to be unchanged.

·           GCC Crisis as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others accuse Qatar of backing terrorism/

Yemen, Mauritius, Maldives, Mauritania and Maldives join in severing diplomatic ties.

·           Trump’s pulling U.S. from Paris Climate Accord perceived as ceding leadership in G-0 world.

·           Trump tax reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation questioned.

·           Potential mid-term election loss to Dems in 11/2018 will impede any progress/GOP dissension.

·           U.S. partisan politics/gridlock/media bias against Trump/talk/tweet addiction and perjury.

·           Shrinking the Fed’s  balance sheet/higher volatility 2H17.

·           Italian debt-to-GDP ratio is 133% and threatens EU economic improvements/Five Star movement

setback in municipal election defeats on June 11th. EU skeptic support may have peaked.

·           ISIS becoming scattered across wider MENA region and more difficult to contain as a result.

·           U.K. terror alert lowered to “Severe” vs. “Critical.” Attack “highly likely” vs. “imminent.”

MODERATE ·           Venezuelan civil unrest

·           Russia meddling in international elections/Russia in expansion mode.

·           China hard landing?

MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
·           Chance of a 2018 U.S. recession.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and June

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
6/12-6/16
vs. Current
WTD – $11.35b
June 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $49.595b
Low-End Avg. $21.00b 54.05% $90.04b 55.08%
Midpoint Avg. $21.83b 51.99% $90.98b 54.51%
High-End Avg. $22.67b 50.07% $91.92b 53.95%
The Low $15b 75.67% $75b 66.13%
The High $41b 27.68% $110b 45.09%

 

Below please find my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley

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